I assure you that the reason I didn't blog last week is NOT laziness. I have been bit by the "nesting bug." I have had SO much energy, much more than any other part of this pregnancy. Mike has even commented on how good it is to have me back. :) The energy showed up a couple of weeks ago and hasn't left yet. Fingers crossed!
We've done a lot the past couple of weeks -- here is a just a small list:
carpets cleaned, house deep cleaned, final touches on nursery, zoo trip, hair highlighted, 2 OB appts, celebrated father's day, spent lots of time with E man, and went swimming FOUR times (I think it is safe to say the summer has officially arrived in KC -- finally!!)
|Kate and Eli passed out after a fun day at the zoo!|
|Super blonde -- at first I didn't like but Mike really does and I have warmed up to it!|
|Eli loves the hose -- just like he did last year! He likes to spray Sammie and water the trees!|
Baby Milestones this Week: 38 She may have about an inch or so of hair already -- red or blonde? (or maybe even brown if he takes after her grandmas'). She's slowly shedding that white goo on her skin (called vernix caseosa) but we might see some of it at her birth. 39 She's probably able to flex her limbs now. Her brain is still rapidly developing -- she's getting smarter by the week! Her nails may extend past her fingertips.
Best Moment of the Week: On 6.8 Mike went to one of his buddy's diaper dump poker party and at first I was a little bummed because 1.) Mike has been working some pretty long hours and we haven't seen him a lot and 2.) I was thinking this could be the last weekend just the three us (Of course I would never ask him to miss the party but I was just feeling a little down about it). However, that feeling quickly changed once he left and I looked at Eli and realized that we could have a little date of our own! Perhaps, the last before Ellie arrives. We went through the McD's drive through and went to a local park. We had a BLAST! I cried several times thinking about how things will change very soon and how Eli and I have loved our time at parks since the very beginning. It was a true blessing for us to have this time together before baby sister joins us!
|Love this boy!|
Analyzing every "early" labor symptom I may get: cramps, energy, contractions, loss of MP -- then thinking this is it! or is this it?
Symptoms this Week: Energy! Gradually loss of my mucus plug -- I think? On 6.15 from 2-4 in the morning I did have contractions timing 5-7 minutes apart but then they fizzled off...
What I'm looking forward to most next week: The birth of my daughter -- Ellie Angell Stephens! We shall see! Saturday 6.22 is her official due date. Mike thinks she will be born 6.21 at 6:30pm weighing 7lbs 6oz and 21'' long. I think she will come Sunday 6.23 at 3pm weighing 8lbs 15oz and 20'' long. Anyone else wanna take a guess!?!
38/39 Week Belly Pics:
|Change Up -- Me in my maternity suit! So glad I've actually been able use it!|